Is urban drone delivery energy efficient?

Kirschstein

According to a new study conducted at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg by Dr Thomas Kirschstein, drones consume comparatively high amounts of energy in densely populated areas, and their range is strongly influenced by wind conditions. In rural areas, however, they may be able to compete with diesel-powered delivery vans. The study has been published in the journal “Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment”.

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SF Express wins first drone operator licence in China

SF Express

Ambitious Chinese express operator SF Express has pipped Alibaba and JD in the race to gain China’s first domestic drone operator licence – and it is set to collaborate with African drone specialist Astral in Kenya.

Announcing the news, China’s largest courier hailed the civil aviation authority (CAAC) decision to grant subsidiary Jiangxi Fengyu Shuntu a licence, calling it a “milestone”.

SF Express said: “This means that China’s drone logistics distribution is entering the legal operation phase. It is a milestone in the development of China’s logistics drones and it is also a recognition of SF’s logistics distribution and operation capabilities.”

Company shares reportedly jumped 5%, with the State Post Bureau forecasting an extra 9bn parcels will be delivered in China this year. Continue reading “SF Express wins first drone operator licence in China”

Boeing unveils new cargo air vehicle prototype (Video)

cargo air vehicle

A working prototype cargo drone unveiled today by Boeing marks the entry of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer into the unmanned electric air cargo air vehicle space. While analysts have predicted for some time now that drones are on course to transform the logistics sector, Boeing’s additional aerospace muscle represents a seismic shakeup of the industry, with the Chicago-based company now plowing its extensive technology and resources into developing this still incipient technology.

The drone is powered by an electric propulsion system and outfitted with eight counter-rotating propellers, allowing for vertical and horizontal flight. It measures 4.6 meters long, 5.5 meters wide and 1.2 meters tall, and weighs 339 kilograms. Continue reading “Boeing unveils new cargo air vehicle prototype (Video)”

Intra-EU air transport accounts for 0.1 % of total goods transport in EU

Intra-EU air

Intra-EU air transport accounts for 0.1 % of total goods transport in EU. The Gross Value Added (GVA) in the EU-28 at current prices is around € 633 billion.  According to the “Statistical Pocketbook 2016 EU Transport in Figures” the transport and storage services sector (including postal and courier activities) accounted for about 5.1 % of total GVA (Gross Value Added) in the EU-28 in 2014. Continue reading “Intra-EU air transport accounts for 0.1 % of total goods transport in EU”

Four drones tested using NASA’s UAS traffic management platform while beyond the visual line of sight

A team of engineers from NASA, Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, flew four unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also commonly called drones, beyond the operator’s visual line of sight during a flight test at Reno-Stead Airport in Reno, Nevada. Continue reading “Four drones tested using NASA’s UAS traffic management platform while beyond the visual line of sight”

Vision of Future: "What the Internet did for immaterial goods, the unmanned cargo aircraft will do for material goods"

”What the Internet did for immaterial goods, the unmanned cargo aircraft will do for material goods,” predicts Dr. Hans Heerkens from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems at University of Twente, Netherlands. Continue reading “Vision of Future: "What the Internet did for immaterial goods, the unmanned cargo aircraft will do for material goods"”

Rise of the Machines: Oklahoma becoming a leader in growing Unmanned Aerial Systems industry

Anyone who’s either followed the War on Terror or played the “Call of Duty” video game series has likely heard of a drone before. But not many would know that Oklahoma is the epicenter for the development of drones’ more technical names — Unmanned Aerial Systems, or UAS. Continue reading “Rise of the Machines: Oklahoma becoming a leader in growing Unmanned Aerial Systems industry”